By John Torsiello
The Granby Memorial High School football team won its fifth game in a season for the first time in its short history as the Bears beat Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton Friday night, 28-21.
Granby moved to 5-5 on the season with one game left, that coming against rival Canton Wednesday evening at 6:30 at home.
“This was a huge win for our program,” said Granby head coach Rich Gadoury. “It shows growth and commitment to get better each year. Coventry is a great team. Their coaching staff does a great job with half-time adjustments and we played our game. All the players stayed focus and never gave up.”
He added, “Besides it being a huge win we got out of the game healthy, which was our second priority for the night. The momentum of a big win and the focus of our seniors and team leaders will help us ride the wave for a huge matchup against Canton. The coaching staff’s goal on a short week is getting them determined to stop Canton’s offense and crisping up our offense. It should be a great game against Canton. I know Granby will be ready.”
Granby scored 14 unanswered points to jump on top of Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton quick. Dominic Pagano ran two yards for a score, and Ian Downey hauled in a 60-yard scoring strike from quarterback Curtis Field and the visitors had a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
The home club answered when Dan Gebhart went in from one yard out.
Granby took a 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime after Pagano scored his second touchdown of the evening on a six-yard run.
After Vin Marciano scored on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Dan Lawrence to make it 21-14, Downey and Field hooked up on another 24-yard touchdown throw to give the visitors a 28-14 advantage heading into the final period.
Devan Valdes scored on a 29-yard pass from Lawrence, but the Bears kept the home club from further scoring to secure the victory.
Field was 12-of-22 for 194 yards, Pagano carried 27 times for 131 yards, Downey caught five passes for 167 yards, and Matt Holmes kicked four points-after-touchdowns for Granby.
Defensively, Logan Strain had 15 tackles, Nick Kenney 10, and Jake Largay and George Florentino nine apiece. Holmes, Pagano and Connor Field each had an interception.